Buunni is all about coffee and community. We wanted to share our love of Ethiopian coffee as a way to build community in our new home in New York City. With locations in Washington Heights, Riverdale and our third coffeehouse recently opened in Inwood, we continue to be driven by a vision of creating a warm community space, where neighbors come together to share what's on our minds. Community conversations, brainstorming, collaboration and action. All while savoring some really fine coffee.
The Coffee House Resistance
Brewing Hope in Desperate Times
Photo by Jordan Matter
Sarina Prabasi's first book is out now from Green Writers Press.
Part coming-to-America story, part lyrical memoir and another part activist’s call to action, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times is timely, funny, and poignant.
Writing as a mother, immigrant, new American, coffeehouse owner, and international nonprofit leader, Prabasi’s story weaves between Nepal, Ethiopia, and the United States. When Prabasi and her husband move from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to New York City with their young daughter in 2011, they start a thriving coffee business, grow their family, and are living their American Dream. After the 2016 election, they are suddenly unsure about their new home.
Reclaiming the tradition of coffee houses throughout history, their coffeehouses become a hub for local organizing and action. Moving from despair to hope, this story is ultimately about building community, claiming home, and fighting for our shared dreams.